Most educators would agree that we are better together. But working as a team can be challenging. While conflict might be inevitable, it doesn't have to be destructive. Michael Beywitz in the ALLTHINGSPLC BLOG, shares some tips and strategies for dealing with conflicts prductively. Read it HERE
For Your Practice
Harness the power of collaborating with colleagues by bringing student work to the table. Check out : "Critical Friends: Looking at Student Work" to see if a critical friends experience might be something you would like to try. Watch it HERE
For Your Students
If we build it they will come.
This phrase is useful when talking about the film "Field of Dreams" and when discussing student group work and collaboration. If we expect students to be great collaborators, we must be explicit in our teaching of collaboration. Building powerful collaborative skills is as essential to student success as teaching students how to read.
In "Teaching Group Work: Building Student Collaboration and Agency," you get a two-for-one resource (a short video and an article!) on the power and importance of intentionally teaching students how to collaborate. Along with teaching students the collaborative skills they need, it is imperative that teachers provide students with challenges that merit group work. As one teacher in the video shared, "A good group work problem has to be so big that you need your partner(s)." Watch and read it HERE
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